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Woman Shot Dead at Her Toddler's Birthday Party

A 6-year-old boy was the youngest of the six others who were injured

(Newser) - The group had gathered on the porch of a home in Dyersburg, Tenn., on Thursday to celebrate a 2-year-old's birthday with balloons, a birthday cake, and a highchair. Then shots rang out. Authorities say up to three assailants on foot opened fire on the party around 6:20pm Thursday,... More »

Man's Attempt to Get Friend to Stay at Party Kills Him

Jonathan Carlyle Merkley laid down in front of moving car

(Newser) - A birthday party in California turned tragic after the guest of honor was run over and killed by his friend. Police say Jonathan Carlyle Merkley was celebrating his 34th birthday early Sunday at a hotel near San Diego when a woman decided to leave the party. Merkley wanted her to... More »

Frustrated Man Hosts Birthday Party for Neighborhood Pothole

'Happy birthday, Pothole!'

(Newser) - How long do you have to live with a pothole on your street before you start treating it like a member of the family? Apparently a year will do it. Mashable reports Eddie Prosser of Jackson, Mississippi, got so tired of the city ignoring his complaints about the pothole outside... More »

Insurance Laws Forced Woman to Sue Nephew: Lawyers

Jennifer Connell was only going to get $1 for medical bills: attorneys

(Newser) - There are two sides to every story, and now lawyers for the New York City woman who sued her 12-year-old nephew are telling hers. The Internet has demonized Jennifer Connell for suing Sean Tarala after he accidentally broke her wrist while in an excited state at his eighth-birthday party in... More »

Aunt Sues Nephew for Being Too Excited at Birthday Party

Jennifer Connell says wrist injury from gleeful 8-year-old upended her life

(Newser) - "If only they could just hug it out," laments the New York Daily News in the case of Connell v. Tarala—Connell being 54-year-old Jennifer Connell, Tarala her 12-year-old nephew Sean, who she claims was so excited at his birthday party four years ago that he broke her... More »

Dalai Lama's Birthday Bash Driving Planners Nuts

What gifts and what kind of cake to make for spiritual leader are tough calls

(Newser) - He's the man who has (and wants) nothing, which is putting birthday planners in a peculiar predicament. The Dalai Lama turns 80 on Monday, and per the Wall Street Journal , it's been a task and a half to prepare for an address he's giving to about 15,... More »

Poop Raining From Sky Ruins Girl's Sweet 16

Philadelphia family suspects feces came from a plane

(Newser) - At least the party was memorable. Pennsylvania teen Jacinda Cambray was celebrating her Sweet 16 birthday with about 40 guests in her family's backyard on Sunday when a party pooper brought the event to a screeching halt. Family members had just brought the teen's giant purple cake inside... More »

Snubbed Girl, 10, Gets Party of a Lifetime

Strangers made day special for girl with genetic disorder

(Newser) - None of the 10 or so girls invited to Mackenzie Moretter's 10th birthday party could make it—so the Shakopee, Minn., girl had to settle for a massive party with hundreds of people instead. Mackenzie has Sotos syndrome, which has delayed her speech development and learning and caused her... More »

Vacuum Demo: Best Birthday Ever for Autistic Teen

Dylan Johnson, 14, knew more about vacuums than salesman did at his birthday bash

(Newser) - For 25 years, Al Archie has been a salesman for the Kirby vacuum company, but he finally met his match in appliance expertise over the weekend: Dylan Johnson, an autistic teen whose mom had commissioned Archie to come to Chesterfield, Va., to do a vacuum demo for her son's... More »

Dog Walker Shoots Neighbor's Dog

Man opens fire when other dog jumps fence

(Newser) - A dog walk in suburban Denver is generating attention because it ended with a man shooting to death his neighbor's dog. As the Denver Post reports, the Martinez family of Commerce City were hosting a 5-year-old's birthday party when Clifford, their Labrador mix, jumped a fence. After hearing... More »

Little Girl Drowns as Revelers Sing 'Happy Birthday'

Sinaia Moore found in 4-foot pool at backyard party

(Newser) - A 4-year-old girl met a tragic fate in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night as people at a backyard party sang "Happy Birthday" to another child, the Daily News reports. Police say the revelers found little Sinaia Moore at the bottom of the 4-foot, inground pool and tried to revive... More »

2 Dead, 22 Hurt in Shooting at Texas Party

Police in Houston suburb are seeking 2 shooters

(Newser) - Two people have been killed and at least 22 others injured when gunfire rang out at a large house party in suburban Houston, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said. The shots erupted late last night at the party where more than 100 mostly young adults had gathered at a... More »

Facebook Party Invite Goes Viral, Sparks Dutch Melee

Thousands descend on Haren, along with riot police

(Newser) - Oh, the importance of privacy settings. A Dutch girl sent out an invite via Facebook to her 16th birthday party, which ended up getting viewed by about 30,000 people. Last night, a crowd estimated at 3,000 showed up in the small town of Haren, and the ensuing vandalism,... More »

Student Dies After Binge to Celebrate 21st Birthday

Drake University student collapses after night of celebration

(Newser) - Sad story from Iowa's Drake University: A student celebrating her 21st birthday died after consuming about 16 shots, reports the Des Moines Register . Lydia Gale Clark had been out celebrating with friends, got sick the next morning, and collapsed on her bathroom floor. Her dad, who says a previously... More »

Facebook Invite Leads 1,500 to Girl's Party

Whopping 15K had RSVPed yes to public invite

(Newser) - A German teen identified only as Thessa got the shock of her life when a Facebook invitation to her 16th birthday party, meant only for a small group of family and friends, went viral after she forgot to mark the event as private. More than 1,500 German youth showed... More »

Teen Cancels Sweet 16 After 200K RSVP on Facebook

Australian girl's Facebook invite goes viral

(Newser) - An Australian teen had to cancel her 16th birthday party after her invitation went viral on Facebook—and attracted nearly 200,000 declared guests, reports AFP via Yahoo News. The trouble began when the girl posted an item to tell friends that all were welcome to stop by her house,... More »

Today's Birthday Parties Make Kids Spoiled, Selfish

Lessons are lost in outsourced, hectic celebrations, writes Dana Glazer

(Newser) - At a recent party, Dana Glazer had to endure an unfortunate parental moment: At the end of his 4-year-old's birthday party, his 7-year-old asked repeatedly why there weren't presents for him, and inserted his own name into the birthday song. When asked why he did this, the 7-year-old simply said... More »

Nick Cannon: Sponsor My Birthday Party!

Mariah Carey's hubby looking to make some quick cash

(Newser) - Oh, to be a celebrity and have companies pay up to $25,000 to sponsor … your birthday party. Nick Cannon, aka Mr. Mariah Carey, is turning the big 3-0 next month, and his bicoastal celebration will be graced by such boldface names as Jay-Z, Ashton Kutcher, and Kobe Bryant,... More »

Fighting the Sept. 11th Birthday Blues

Born on 9/11? Hard to party with '800-pound gorilla in corner'

(Newser) - What's a 9/11 birthday girl (or boy) to do: celebrate, mourn, or both? For those born on the anniversary of the worst terror attacks in American history, birthdays are an awkward balancing act, notes the New York Times . "It’s hard to celebrate when you know thousands of people... More »

Fight Over Chuck E. Cheese Photo Booth Sparks Riot

Long line, man punches child, voila!

(Newser) - A birthday party at a Tennessee Chuck E. Cheese’s went horribly awry when a quarrel over the length of the photo booth line descended into chaotic violence. As the story goes, a girl complained that a group of people, there to celebrate a young boy's birthday, was hogging the... More »

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